|Photo Source: Bradford Pottery.|
There is also a magic that occurs during a wood fire....something that cannot be controlled. As the ash from the wood blows through the hot kiln, it will attach itself to part of the pottery and creating designs on the surface that cannot be duplicated. It is because of this experience that I have a serious love for wood fired pieces. I started collecting them several years back one piece at a time. Here are some of the most special.....
|A sample collection sitting on my living room coffee table|
|A piece that I made a few years back. |
It was thrown in pieces, altered and constructed.
|A little vase by |
|Another small piece by|
|Large vase by|
The large vase is a great example of how ash from the wood enters the kiln and attaches itself to the ware forming a glaze like coating. Notice how the left side is blank and didn't get any ash. Call me crazy, but this vase reminds me how the sun only shines on one side of the earth at a time. I bought this at a sale at school that is set up each year so students can sell their work. I don't think Brian liked this vase. But I did. Brian's current sculptural work is amazing. If you want to take a peek at his website it's http://www.claybeast.com/.
|Little creamer was thrown and altered|
|A Jack Troy Nautilus Cup|
|"Curly" a tiny pitcher by|
|"Curly" Cup by|
I hope you enjoyed seeing a sneak peek at some of the wood fired pottery in my collection. I just love the earthy feeling and look. I also love the idea that they were fired by a community of artists working together to create something special.